Central Plains Fire Photos

Aug 16, 2005
Albany, New York
If anyone has any digital photos of the fires or "dust storms" in the Plains, please consider posting them here. I'm sure there are others besides myself that would find them interesting. Thanks, or as we say in New York City, Gracias.

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KOKC 012152Z 23027G35KT 3SM BLDU CLR 22/M06 A2935 RMK AO2 PK WND 23042/2124 SFC VIS 5 SLP928 T02221061=
Aaron posted this in another thread: http://www.convectionconnection.com/STORM-010106/

I took a few shots around Norman of the dusy skies, but it's not really anything that wouldn't be expected with 45-60mph gusts in drought conditions (i.e. dust dust dust). I'd like to take some actual fire shots, but they've been having a lot of problems with 'spectators' getting in way of firefighters, and I certainly can't contribute to that problem. So, unless some part of Norman goes up in flames, I don't think I'll be able to take any... It's just one of those things that's very different from storm chasing -- when you're chasing, there's nothing you can do to stop the storm (e.g. you're not going to stop tornadogenesis)... if you're out watching fires, you can certainly get in the way and make things worse.
heres some pics i took in late afternoon of smoke overhead my house in SE Parker Co. from the Eastland Co. fire. The second is right before sunset. Ive also attached a high-res visible satellite of the region i grabbed right before sunset. Note the the big fire in Eastland Co. SW of D/FW metroplex and those in SW Texas south of Midland area.

If I can remember to carry the digital camera with me, I will try to get some from the fire lines. Every time they set off our tones, I forget to grab it!
Fire near Kellyville, OK on January 1, 2006

I have posted some photos of a widespread fire near Kellyville, Ok... Jeff shot HD footage of the out of control fire today and I hope to add a video clip of the incredible multiple fire vortex that occured with this fire. I want to call them mini Fire tornadoes, I'm not certain that is appropriate. One vortex shot up about 20-30ft and was rather large lasting several seconds. To view photos go to http://www.twisterchasers.com/2006_fires_i..._in_january.htm
OK and TX are on fire!



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Those are some pretty impressive pictures that show how bad the fires really are. As a volunteer Firefighter for 17 years, I understand how intense it must be. A part of me wants to be there to help out, but my pregnant wife would KILL me first.